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Oilcloth Place Mat

Photography: Simon Watson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2001


Painted oilcloth was once a household staple. Today's versions are versatile and simple to work with -- their cut edges won't fray -- and their colorful designs make cheerful backgrounds for casual summer meals. Strawberry-festooned place mats brighten a breakfast table. These mats are double-sided; choose one pattern, or mix and match.



  • Patterned oilcloth

  • Place mat

  • Scissors

  • Spray mount

  • Sewing machine

  • Scallop fabric shears

  • Bias tape


  1. Trace the outline of another place mat onto oilcloth. Cut two pieces for each mat; spray reverse sides lightly with spray mount, and press together with your hands. 

  2. Next cut out final shape and machinestitch edges, leaving a seam allowance. Trim edges with scallop fabric shears, or finish a straight edge with bias tape.

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